Banning dogs from fenced playgrounds and ensuring they are kept on leads in all council-owned cemeteries, are among the new restrictions set to be brought in by the Isle of Wight Council.
As previously reported by Isle of Wight Radio, no new dog exclusion orders are proposed for beaches however.
The council says current restrictions regarding dogs on beaches will stay the same, under Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs).
Previously, Dog Control Orders and Designated Public Place Orders have been separate pieces of legislation, but they will now be combined.
As part of new plans, dog walkers will have to keep their pet on a leash in a number of cemeteries, including Ryde, Northwood and Shanklin.
If approved, dogs will also be banned from certain fenced play areas. Appley Park and Victoria Recreation Ground Playground in Newport are among the locations affected.
Parks and open spaces with no fenced children’s playgrounds are not affected, however.
Councillor John Hobart, Cabinet member for the environment and heritage, says most of the council’s beaches welcome dogs all year round, and he has no intention of changing that:
“Dog owners should be reassured that these proposals are needed to move existing orders to the new legislation, with the only proposed changes relating to cemeteries, fenced children’s play areas and some rights of way.
“The intention of dogs on leads in certain areas is about the safety and the enjoyment of the general public. To ensure areas are safe and clean for everyone to use, we have to be strict about asking dog owners to keep their dogs under control and to pick up after them.
“Most people are very responsible when walking their dogs and are happy to keep to these simple rules and we thank them for helping us to maintain pleasant green spaces for all to enjoy.”
The council says it hopes new orders – which also include restrictions on drinking alcohol in some public places – will allow police officers to protect the Island’s beaches and public open spaces.
An eight-week consultation has been launched to get Islanders’ views on a number of amendments. It can be filled out here.
You can view where you will and will not able to walk your dogs here.
A final decision will be made by the council’s Cabinet in April.
The consultation closes on 15 April.